If you’re looking for the hottest color of the year, look no further than bronde. It’s the hair shade that has taken 2016 by storm, and it shows no signs of abating. If you haven’t seen it, bronde hair is somewhere between blonde and brunette, as the name suggests. Generally, it has the warm honey tones of traditional blonde hair mixed in with the warm, earthy shades of medium brown hair.
The truly stellar part of this look is its sheer customization potential. Bronde can also veer towards the icy shades of blonde and the ashy tones of brunette hair. Sometimes dark roots fade out to medium brown with shots of dark blonde, along with lightest blonde tips. The look can also go flat-out ombre, with a medium brown farther up and blonde ends. Sometimes the look is one shade that’s an incredible blend of blonde and brunette.
This is one of those looks that can be done at home or at a salon. The look will mostly likely require some balayage application techniques, which is a light brushing movement in applying the dye. That will leave some underlying naturally darker hues in the hair.
If you have medium to dark brown hair already, that makes applying the look pretty easy. It’s a matter of finding a darker blonde shade in a box dye and lightly painting it on in the pattern you wish. Again, because of the look’s customizability, there are really no wrong answers here on how to mix shades of blonde into brown hair.
If you want one of the bronde looks that’s more of an allover dark blonde/light brown shade, commercial box dyes have been capturing this shade for a long time. A basic dark blonde shade that’s toting hints of brown is a good choice, like Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color in Dark Blonde, which boasts an in-between caramel shade. Another option for a more layered look is L’Oreal’s Superior Preference Glam Lights, which has a shade that highlights a darker blonde right into brown hair.
If you’re not starting with brunette hair, that’s where things can get a bit tricky. You’ll then need to add a single bronde shade, or a brown base with blonde balayage, while keeping your underlying color in mind. That underlying color could affect the shade of the color you’re applying. It might be best to go to a salon in this case.
Once you have the color, you’ll still need a color-preserving shampoo and conditioner to keep the look fresh and your hair healthy between colorings.
Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.